Radiation Epidemiology for Public Health Decision Making

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Epidemiologic studies help shape public health policy and evidence-based health practices by identifying, quantifying, and understanding health risks of exposure in defined populations. Radiation epidemiology is no exception. Although radiation epidemiologists have studied health effects of radiation exposure for over a century, health effects of exposure to very low doses of radiation or radiation delivered at low dose rates (i.e., the kinds of radiation exposure human populations primarily receive in their lives) remain equivocal and at times controversial. This is partly due to a myriad of published studies with seemingly contradicting conclusions.

The training will provide an overview of important considerations of radiation epidemiology, will describe what distinguishes a well-designed or reliable study from an unreliable, and a flawed study, and will explore how the results of epidemiologic studies are misused or misrepresented and the impact on creating public health policy and evidence-based health practices.

OBJECTIVES:

At the conclusion of Radiation Epidemiology for Public Health Decision Making, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define radiation epidemiology.
  2. Explain how correct interpretation of radiation epidemiologic studies help shape public health policy and evidence-based health practices.
  3. List three characteristics that constitute a well-designed radiation epidemiology study using science-based explanations.
  4. Identify one characteristic that constitutes an unreliable radiation epidemiology study using science-based explanations.
  5. Identify one way that a radiation epidemiology study could become flawed using science-based explanations.
  6. Describe one way that the results of a radiation epidemiology study could be misused or misrepresented using science-based explanations.
  7. Describe one way that this educational activity will improve my contribution as a team member.

FACULTY/CREDENTIALS:

John D. Boice, Jr., ScD, Scientific Director, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Division of Epidemiology

Armin Ansari, PhD, CHP, Health Physicist/Physical Scientist, Emergency Management, Radiation and Chemical Branch, Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice,  National Center for
Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

ORIGINATION DATE: December 23, 2019

EXPIRATION DATE: December 23, 2021       

URL: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/radiation/emergencies/radiation-epidemiology-videos.htm

HARDWARE/SOFTWARE: Computer Hardware; Internet connection; Browser

MATERIALS: None

TARGET AUDIENCE: Physicians, Registered Nurses, Advanced Practice Nurses, Certified Health Education Specialist, Epidemiologist, Other Health Educators, Health Physicists

PREREQUISITES:  none

FORMAT: This training is a web-on-demand.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Emergency Management, Radiation and Chemical Branch, (770) 488-3800

ACCREDITATION STATEMENTS:

CME activities with Joint Providers: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Division of Epidemiology and National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP).The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the (ACCME®) to provide medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

CNE:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 2.2 contact hours.

CEU:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEU’s for this program.

DISCLOSURE: In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, content experts, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Division of Epidemiology and National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) are jointly providing the CNE for this activity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Division of Epidemiology and National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) are jointly providing the CEUs for this activity.

CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.

Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)

In order to receive continuing education (CE) for WD4092- Radiation Epidemiology for Health Decision Making please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps before December 23, 2021.

FEES: No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.

Page last reviewed: February 11, 2020
Content source: National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Emergency Management, Radiation, and Chemical Branch